‘Prime Danny Welbeck was better than Marcus Rashford’

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Football fans love a debate about who is the better player, and that includes our hosts on talkSPORT Drivetime.

Andy Goldstein and Darren Bent were joined by former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere when conversation turned to a hypothetical comparison of Marcus Rashford and Danny Welbeck – and it got very heated, very quickly.

Rashford looks set to fight for his place at United amid links with Arsenal

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Rashford looks set to fight for his place at United amid links with Arsenal

Rashford has emerged as a shock transfer target for the Gunners, leading to a conversation about how he compared with Welbeck who made the move from Manchester to London back in 2014.

Both Rashford and Welbeck are quality players in their own right, but who are our Drivetime team backing as the better of the two?

Grab your popcorn and get stuck into what turned out to be a rather heated debate between our talkSPORT trio.

Goldstein [To Wilshere]: “We’re talking about the strikers Arsenal need. We’ve had Gabriel Jesus linked to your club, Marcus Rashford also bizarrely linked, but I can not see that happening. “

Wilshere: “Why is that bizarre? Welbeck did it. ”

Goldstein: “Yeah, he did, but Rashford is much better than Welbeck.”


Danny Welbeck left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014

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Danny Welbeck left Manchester United for Arsenal in 2014

Wilshere: “What? What, he’s much better than Danny Welbeck was? ”

Goldstein: “110 per cent.”

Wilshere: “You’re talking about Danny Welbeck that got in the Man United team when there was Tevez, Ronaldo and Rooney?”

Goldstein: “He was never a starter for Man United, was he?”

Wilshere: “Yes he was, I watched something the other day and it was the Carling Cup final and he played in it.”

Wilshere was not impressed with Goldstein's comments regarding Welbeck

Wilshere was not impressed with Goldstein’s comments regarding Welbeck

Goldstein: “Yeah, but realistically he wasn’t.”

Wilshere: “He played. He played games. ”

Goldstein: “I know he did, but you’re telling me that Danny Welbeck is a better player than Marcus Rashford? I do not see that in a million years. ”

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Bent: “Rashford never had to deal with what Welbeck had to deal with.”

Danny Welbeck celebrates his goal for Man United against Swansea

Welbeck was part of a United squad that included Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez

Goldstein: “That’s one of the most nuts things I’ve ever heard. Marcus Rashford, if things start going his way at Man United, you could look at him being a starter for Man United. Not necessarily at center-forward, I think he’ll play out wide in a three, but he’ll definitely start for Man United if he’s playing well. Danny Welbeck was never that good. Welbeck was never a player where when England had a new squad coming out you were like, he’ll definitely be in that squad. ”

Bent: “There was a period where Welbeck was England’s main man.”

Goldstein: “Danny Welbeck was never England’s main man!”

Bent: “There was a period though. He kept scoring. ”

Bent was firmly in Wilshere's corner when it came to sticking up for Welbeck

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Bent was firmly in Wilshere’s corner when it came to sticking up for Welbeck

Bent described Welbeck as England's main man, drawing comparisons with Harry Kane

Bent described Welbeck as England’s main man, drawing comparisons with Harry Kane

Goldstein: “At the moment, Harry Kane is England’s main man. You’re telling me that there was a time when Danny Welbeck was that player? ”

Bent: “Maybe not to the level of Harry Kane, but he was getting picked in every squad and scoring.”

Goldstein: “He was never England’s first-choice as a striker.”

Wilshere: “How many goals did he score for England? How many do you think? ”

Goldstein: “You’ve got the answer in front of you, obviously. 16? ”

Bent: “In how many games?”

Wilshere: “In 42.”

Goldstein was having none of it has he threw his backing behind Rashford

Goldstein was having none of it has he threw his backing behind Rashford

Bent: “He had a period where he was not scoring at club level but he was scoring for England every time.”

Goldstein: “He was never England’s main man. That’s an obscene thing to say. I know he played but Harry Kane is England’s main man. Alan Shearer was England’s main man, right? The list goes on. Welbeck was never that player. When Man United let Welbeck go to Arsenal they were never a reaction of ‘oh my goodness, what are we doing?’ “

Wilshere: “There was. Yes, there was because I remember that. Gary Neville was going mad. ”

Goldstein: “He’s not in the same class as him. Honestly, he’s not. You’re both Arsenal fans, here’s my question. Who do you think, in their pomp, is better, Welbeck or Rashford? ”

Welbeck suffered a series of injuries with Man United and Arsenal which dampened his career

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Welbeck suffered a series of injuries with Man United and Arsenal which dampened his career

Bent: “If Welbeck did not have the injuries? I’d have Welbeck center-forward. ”

Wilshere: Welbeck, but here’s a question for you. If Rashford came through at the same time as Welbeck, would he have played in that team with Tevez, Ronaldo, Berbatov, I forgot him, and Rooney? ”

Goldstein: “Honestly, it’s one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever heard either of you say.”

Bent: “To be fair, you’ve always liked Rashford, but at one stage you said that he could be one of the best young players on the planet.”

Goldstein made a case to suggest that Rashford is good enough to be a regular starter for United

Goldstein made a case to suggest that Rashford is good enough to be a regular starter for United

Wilshere: “Here’s a question. How many goals has Rashford got for England and in how many games? ”

Goldstein: “Have you got that in front of you, too? It’s obviously less than Rashford. I reckon he’s scored nine goals for England. “

Wilshere: “12 in 46. Which is less.”

Goldstein: “I know it is. I can not believe you’re putting this argument forward. You’re the only two people who think like that. ”

However Wilshere and Bent refused to budge in their backing of Welbeck

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However Wilshere and Bent refused to budge in their backing of Welbeck

Bent: “I think you’re undervaluing Welbeck.”

Wilshere: “You are. You’re jumping on all of the trolls on Twitter saying about Welbeck and all that. You’re one of them. “

Goldstein: “Hold on, let me make something clear. I’m not saying Welbeck’s not a good player, I haven’t said that once. I’m saying that if you put the two side-by-side, for me, every single day it’s Marcus Rashford. “

So, what about you? Team Welbz or Team Rashy?

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